In live music, there aren’t a lot of moves with a higher degree of difficulty than leaving your big hit single off the set list. And Ryan Bingham just stuck the landing. In November, at Holy Mountain—a small Austin club where he was kicking off a winter run of solo acoustic shows—Bingham’s best-known song, “The Weary Kind,” went unplayed.
Today’s Austin music scene is a robustly global brand: South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and even upstarts like Fun Fun Fun Fest and Austin Psych Fest draw deeply international throngs, and Spoon and Gary Clark Jr. are popular pretty much everywhere. The slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World,” it turns out, wasn’t that much of a stretch.
KILGORE, Tex. — East Texas is about to be booming. Not from the fracking that is waking the small cities outside of Dallas, but from an arts revival that is tapping into another local resource — one of the country’s highest concentrations of mid-20th century Aeolian-Skinner organs.
Let’s get this out of the way at the top: seeking to identify “the very first rock and roll record” is a fool’s errand, one which writer Nick Tosches likened to trying to “discern where blue becomes indigo in the spectrum.” And yet doing so has long been a favorite parlor game of rock scholars.